Unlocking banking: developing effective, efficient and secure access to banking services for people in prison: summary paper

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Corporate author(s)
Unlock (Organisation)
Date of publication
1 September 2010
Resettlement, Offenders, Criminal Justice Services, Poverty Alleviation Welfare Benefits and Financial Inclusion
Social welfare
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This paper summarises an initiative which sought to contribute towards establishing an effective, efficient and secure process by which people in prisons are able to open basic bank accounts as part of their resettlement back into the community. Providing access to banking for people in prison before release is one of the foundations of successful resettlement and provides a positive contribution towards reducing re-offending. Opening a bank account removes a significant barrier to employment as well as improving access to various benefits, allowances and grants. Bank accounts make it easier to secure stable accommodation and can encourage a more responsible attitude to spending.

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